31. What are the wise virgins? What are the foolish virgins?
Relevant Words of God:
In the past, some people have made predictions of “five wise virgins, five foolish virgins”; although the prediction is not accurate, it is not entirely wrong, so I can give you some explanation. Five wise virgins and five foolish virgins certainly do not both represent the number of people, nor do they represent one type of people respectively. Five wise virgins mean the number of people, five foolish virgins represent one type of people, but neither of these two refer to the firstborn sons, and instead they represent creation. This is the reason why they have been asked to prepare oil in the last days. (The creation does not possess My quality; if they want to make wise ones then they need to prepare oil, and thus they need to be equipped with My words.) The five wise virgins represent My sons and My people among the humans that I created. Addressing them[a] “virgins” is because although they are born on earth, they are still gained by Me; one can say they have become holy, so they are called “virgins.” The aforementioned “five” represents the number of My sons and My people that I have predestined. “Five foolish virgins” refers to the service-doers. They do service for Me without placing the slightest degree of importance on life, only pursuing external things (because they do not have My quality, no matter what they do it is an external thing), and they are unable to be My capable helpers, so they are called “foolish virgins.” The aforementioned “five” represents Satan, and their being called[b] “virgins” means that they have been conquered by Me and are able to do service for Me, but this kind of person is not holy, so they are called service-doers.
from “Chapter 116” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Today, all those who follow the present words of God are in the stream of the Holy Spirit; those who are strangers to the words of God today are outside of the stream of the Holy Spirit, and such people are not commended by God. … “Following the work of the Holy Spirit” means understanding the will of God today, being able to act in accordance with the present requirements of God, being able to obey and follow the God of today, and entering in accordance with the newest utterances of God. Only this is someone who follows the work of the Holy Spirit and is in the stream of the Holy Spirit. Such people are not only capable of receiving God’s praise and seeing God, but can also know God’s disposition from the latest work of God, and can know man’s conceptions and disobedience, and man’s nature and substance, from His latest work; furthermore, they are able to gradually achieve changes in their disposition during their service. Only people such as this are those who are able to gain God, and who have genuinely found the true way. Those who are eliminated by the work of the Holy Spirit are people who are incapable of following the latest work of God, and who rebel against the latest work of God. That such people openly oppose God is because God has done new work, and because the image of God is not the same as that in their conceptions—as a result of which they openly oppose God and pass judgment upon God, leading to their loathing and rejection by God. Possessing the knowledge of the latest work of God is no easy matter, but if people have a mind to obey the work of God and seek the work of God, then they will have the chance to see God, and will have the chance to gain the newest guidance of the Holy Spirit. Those who intentionally oppose the work of God cannot receive the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit or the guidance of God. Thus, whether or not people can receive the latest work of God depends on the grace of God, it depends on their pursuit, and it depends on their intentions.
All who are able to obey the present utterances of the Holy Spirit are blessed. It does not matter how they used to be, or how the Holy Spirit used to work within them—those who have gained the latest work are the most blessed, and those who are unable to follow the latest work today are eliminated. God wants those who are able to accept the new light, and He wants those who accept and know His latest work. Why is it said that you must be a chaste virgin? A chaste virgin is able to seek the work of the Holy Spirit and understand the new things, and moreover, able to put aside old conceptions, and obey the work of God today.
from “Know the Newest Work of God and Follow the Footsteps of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Those who belong to Satan do not understand the words of God, and those who belong to God can hear the voice of God. All those who realize and understand the words I speak are the ones who will be saved, and bear testimony to God; all those who do not understand the words that I speak cannot bear testimony to God, and are the ones who will be eliminated.
from “Knowing the Three Stages of God’s Work Is the Path to Knowing God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The aim of God’s appearance, free from the constraints of any form or nation, is to enable Him to complete the work as He has planned it. This is just as when God became flesh in Judea, His aim was to complete the work of the crucifixion in redeeming the entire human race. Yet the Jews believed that it was impossible for God to do this, and they thought it impossible that God could become flesh and assume the form of the Lord Jesus. Their “impossible” became the basis on which they condemned and opposed God, and ultimately led to the destruction of Israel. Today, many people have committed a similar error. They proclaim with all their might the imminent appearance of God, yet at the same time condemn His appearance; their “impossible” once more confines the appearance of God within the limits of their imagination. And so I have seen many people break into wild and raucous laughter after coming upon the words of God. But is this laughter any different from the condemnation and blasphemy of the Jews? You are not reverent in the presence of the truth, still less is your attitude one of yearning for the truth. All you do is scrutinize heedlessly and wait with blithe unconcern. What can you gain from scrutinizing and waiting like this? Could it be that you will receive personal guidance of God? If you cannot discern God’s utterances, in what way are you qualified to witness the appearance of God? Wherever God appears, there the truth is expressed, and there the voice of God will be. Only those who can accept the truth will be able to hear the voice of God, and only people like these are qualified to witness the appearance of God.
from “The Appearance of God Has Ushered in a New Age” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
The “wise virgins” are those who can know God’s voice and recognize the voice of the “bridegroom,” and so can accept and submit to Christ, thereby welcoming the Lord’s return and attending the Lamb’s wedding feast. Because the “foolish virgins” do not know the voice of the “bridegroom” and cannot recognize God’s voice, they reject Christ and continue longing for a vague God until they are abandoned and eliminated by God. We can see that in our belief in God, it is very difficult to accept Christ without real faith. Those that refuse to accept Christ will miss the “wedding feast of the Beloved” and cannot be accepted by the Lord into the home in the kingdom of heaven, and they cannot enter the place that God has prepared for man. So, whether people can accept the Christ of the last days and submit to His work is a crucial factor in deciding whether people succeed or fail in their faith in God.
from “Why Has the Religious World Always Resisted God While Serving Him?” in Sermons and Fellowship From the Man Used by God (Selections)
The Lord Jesus prophesied in the Bible that at the time of His return there would be two types of people—He used wise virgins and foolish virgins as a parable for all of the believers of the Age of Grace: All who hear the voice of God and are able to accept and obey it are wise virgins; all who are not able to hear the voice of God, who listen yet do not believe and still deny it, are the foolish virgins. Can the foolish virgins be raptured? No, they can’t. So how can these foolish and wise virgins be revealed? They are revealed through the word of God, and by their attitudes after they read God’s utterances in the last days—The Word Appears in the Flesh. After some believers read it, they say, “Such deep words—these words contain the truth.” After they read it again carefully, they say, “These words couldn’t come from an average person; they seem to have come from God.” Then they take another careful look and say, “This is the voice of God; there’s no way these words came from a man!” This person is blessed; they are a wise virgin. As for the foolish virgins, some are pastors, some are elders, some are preachers, and some are confused believers who only want to eat their fill. What’s their attitude after reading the word of God? “Hmm, these words do not conform to my notions and imaginings, I don’t agree.” And after carefully reading over them again, they say: “Some of these words seem to be reasonable, but that’s not possible; this could not be the work of God.” So once again, it does not conform to their notions and imaginings. In the end, the more they read it, the less it conforms to their notions. They say: “This is not the word of God—I cannot accept it. This is a counterfeit, a false Christ trying to deceive people. I cannot believe it!” What kind of person is this? This is a Pharisee, a foolish virgin. Those who are wise virgins and those who are foolish virgins are brought to the light by the word of God. It is the word of God in the last days that classifies and divides them into the categories they belong to, and then God will start to reward the good and punish the wicked.
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life, Volume 133
Wise virgins will heed the voice of the Lord, mainly because they are those that love and seek the truth. They thirst for the appearance of God; this is why they are able to seek and investigate the coming of the Lord, and why they are able to discern the voice of the Lord. Since foolish virgins do not love the truth, they do not seek or investigate the coming of the Lord, only knowing to obstinately cling to the rules. Some of them insist that they will not accept or investigate any Lord that does not come upon a cloud. Others submit fully to the manipulations of the religious world’s pastors and elders. Whatever the pastors and elders say, they will listen and follow along. They believe in the Lord in name, but in reality, they follow and obey these pastors and elders. They do not investigate the true way for themselves and they are unable to discern the voice of the Lord. Some are even more foolish. Since there are false Christs that appear in the last days, they do not seek or investigate the true Christ and are even capable of denying and condemning Him. Isn’t this cutting off your nose to spite your face? This is also a manifestation of a foolish virgin.
from Answers to Screenplay Questions
a. The original text does not contain the phrase “Addressing them.”
b. The original text does not contain the phrase “their being called.”